Y1/2: Mrs Palmer's Class 2017 - 2018
Welcome to the Summer Term
Welcome to Ms Palmer’s class page! This page is where to go to find out what we have been learning about, any exciting activities we have participated in and any other information you might need.
If, for any reason, you need to discuss something that has happened or something that you are unsure about, I am always available before the beginning of the day or at the end of the afternoon. We both want the children to feel as happy and comfortable as they possibly can and to enjoy their days at school.
What’s happening this term
I can't believe how quickly the year has gone and that we are now in the Summer term! Our Topic in the first half of the term is 'The Dragon Machine' and we will explore this wonderful story through Literacy and Art, which we hope to share with you on our Class Page.
We will begin learning about plants in Science, where we will learn about the different parts of plants and what seeds need to germinate and grow. We will also have an exciting half term where trips are concerned as we will be going on our long awaited trip to Chester Zoo and the Year 2's will be heading to their first residential to Plas Nant Glyn.
Every week we have star writers to acknowledge progress and effort. This week our Star writers areEsther and Rory, well done!
I have attached a picture of our class rules in our gallery items. The children worked as a class to agree on them.
Homework will be given out on a Thursday to be returned on a Thursday.
All children will receive spellings each week to learn and will be tested on them each Thursday morning. Not all children will have the same spellings as they will be linked to their current phonics stage. All spelling homework will now be posted on class pages for any children that may have misplaced their original copy.
Maths homework will also be given out weekly which will help to consolidate the area they are currently working on. A general overview of what homework has been set for each Maths group will also be posted each week.
The Year 2's will begin to bring home reading comprehension tasks to prepare them for their end of year assessments.
Reading is essential to your child being able to access the curriculum and the best thing you can do to support them is to read as often as possible with them. This could be anything from 5-10 minutes or as long as your child is engaged and wants to read. Find a quiet time when possible and make it a special time where they have your full attention. We understand that with out of school activities it is not always possible to read every night but we would encourage you to do it as often as possible as this is what will help your child to progress quicker. Please sign your child’s diary every time they read at home and feel free to write any notes or use the diary to ask us anything about their reading. The children will earn certificates for the number of times they read at home starting with white award for 15 times and going up to Diamond for 150 times.
Reading books can be changed by your child every day. This is done after register in the afternoon. We will ask the children who need to do a book change and the onus is on them to then go and change their book in order to build up their independence. I if your child forgets to do this, come with them to let us know at the end of the day and we can remind them of the correct time to swap books and also let them go and choose a new one,
The expectation when it is your child’s day to read is that they bring us their reading record to be signed as their group is called to read.
This half term the children will have a weekly indoor session on a Thursday afternoon, learning Dance with Jules and an outdoor PE session on a Tuesday afternoon; with specialist coaches to teach them Cricket skills.
The children will wear their PE kit each week, so it is important that it remains in school. As they will be outside for PE this half term you may wish to send in trainers and something to cover their legs.
6.2.18 Today was Internet Safety day where we leearned all about being safe when we are online. A useful video link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nMUbHuffO8
13.2.18 The children have had a fantastic day at a Samba workshop! Pictures to follow. Many thanks for the cardboard/ cereal boxes. We are still in need of as many as possible so that we can make our vehicles!
27.2.18 The children's disappointment at not going to the zoo was shortlived when we went out to play in the snow! check out the gallery to see all the fun we had!
12.3.18 We have been working hard on our reading area which we have turned into the BFG's dream cave. See our gallery for the results.
13.3.18 The children had a great time this afternoon, we looked at some fun Science experiments as it is Bristish Science Week. They had so much fun last week trying out some simple Science experiments using materials that can be found in most households. We mixed colours, used baking soda and made slime. I will attach the experiments to this page if anyone would like to try to replicate them!
23.3.18 Thank you to all the children for putting such an effort into our hobbies project! I was so impressed with your presentations.
16.4.18 A reminder to all Year 2 parent's- The Plas Nant Glyn information evening is this Wednesday evening (18.4.18) at 5pm.
19.4.18 The children had a fantastic day at the zoo! check out our gallery for a snapshot of how we got on.
9.5.18 It's been a busy few weeks since the beginning of term! We are reading 'the Dragon Machine' and have even gained some pet dragons! Homework will be carried over from last week, given the Year 2 residential, so the next spelling test will be Thursday 17th May.
14.5.18 We had a fantastic time at Plas Nantglyn as you can see from our gallery. The children have got straight back into the swing of things and have produced some fantastic writing linked to our 'Dragon Machine' topic.
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